Laser skin resurfacing can improve skin tone, texture, and appearance by treating common concerns such as age spots, pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. Brightening skin, removing red veins, and treating symptoms caused by rosacea and eczema are all possible when the right laser is matched to your skin. There are two primary types of lasers, ablative and non-ablative. Both types of lasers are capable of yielding dramatic improvements on skin by resurfacing and rejuvenating.
Ablative lasers, such as CO2 lasers, are known to produce the best clinical results and they work by vaporizing the top dermal layers to produce healing, restructuring, and encouraging collagen synthesis. These lasers are highly recommended for treating visible signs of aging with results that last up to five years. However, ablative lasers are the most aggressive and can require up to two weeks of recovery. Ablative lasers are sometimes considered an alternative to a facelift and recovery can include intense redness and swelling.
Non-ablative lasers aren’t as aggressive and work by heating the tissue—not vaporizing it. Heating also stimulates collagen production and will fill in lines and wrinkles while correcting imperfections. Non-ablative lasers do not resurface the skin, which means multiple treatments are often required to achieve the desired results. However, there is virtually no downtime with non-ablative lasers.
There are benefits to both types of lasers, including:
Looking years younger and restoring confidence
Removing signs of aging and sun damage
Delaying more aggressive procedures such as a facelift
Encouraging the body to synthesize more collagen
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More Information on Lasers and Lights
The terms laser therapy and light therapy are sometimes used interchangeably, but this is not correct. Laser and light therapy work differently, and one of the most effective and well-known light therapies is IPL. Also known as intense pulsed light therapy, IPL uses light to treat spots, wrinkles, and even unwanted hair. Unlike a laser that focuses a single wavelength of light, IPL releases light in various wavelengths similar to a photoflash. The light in IPL therapy is more scattered and penetrates to the second layer of skin without hurting the top layer. Pigments absorb the light and get destroyed after converting the light to heat.
Both laser skin resurfacing and light therapy can be used with other treatments for optimal results. Some of the most popular procedures to pair with these treatments include injectables like dermal fillers and Botox and aesthetic services such as chemical peels. More aggressive procedures, such as a facelift, can also be paired with laser skin resurfacing and light therapy. Surgical procedures usually remove excess skin and tighten the target area, but do not improve the quality of the skin itself—and that is where laser skin resurfacing at Spectrum Plastic Surgery can maximize results.